Hamelin Travel Guide
Hamelin, Hameln in German, is a charming little town with associations to the Pied Piper of fairy-tale fame. In fact, the celebrated Rat Catcher and his legacy remain the principal lure here, with bakeries offering rat-shaped breads and with handcrafted and painted wooden rats randomly strewn all over town. Still, the town itself is interesting too, notable for its 16th-century Weser Renaissance architecture, an offshoot of the Renaissance style but characterized by its exuberant flourishes – ram’s horn scrollwork, lavishly-decorated pinnacled gables and oriels, stone bands encircling buildings, and the liberal use of masks and gargoyle reliefs. There are several excellent examples of these in Hamelin.
Hamelin is situated on the River Weser in the Weser Valley.
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